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.c.-area diner, vice president joe biden said if the gop were willing, the debt deal could be done in short order. >> it would take 15 minutes from the time the decision was made by the speaker of the house to pass and make permanent the middle-class tax cut. the president would probably have me sprint up to the hill to bring the bill down for him to sign. >> reporter: but even after the latest in a series of private calls with the president, house speaker john boehner says the white house is stone walling. >> when it comes to the fiscal cliff that's threatening our economy and threatening jobs, the white house is has wasted another week. >> reporter: this morning in his weekly address, president obama is holding a hard line on raising rates for the wealthy. >> and if we're serious about protecting middle-class families, then we're also going to have to ask the wealthiest americans to pay higher tax rates. that's one principle i won't compromise on. >> reporter: but how much higher could be the key. the top tax rate is set to rise from 35% to 39.6% on january 1st. when asked if a middle ground co
keeping his own en biden was like, great, now i got to worry about his list and santa's? [ laughter ] >> steve: who will get the knex? >> brian: we have two special people coming up and they have a special message. flu season is back with a vengeance. it arrived early and the cdc says it could be bad as opposed to the good season we experienced last year. florida and texas seeing a high number of cases. but there is good news. >> gretchen: our reporter joins us now live from dallas. what's the good news, dan? >> well, the good news is that health officials apparently have a better vaccine that they can use this year. if you haven't yet been vaccinated against the flu, now is the time to get it done. according to the u.s. centers for disease control and prevention, texas is among five southern states that has seen a sudden and dramatic jump in the number of suspected flu cases. the others were alabama, mississippi, louisiana and tennessee. this is reportedly the earliest start to the flu season in nearly ten years. there have already been two deaths reported among children. officials
today. actually i think they're meeting with vice president biden. then governors will be meeting with some of the congressional leadership, as well. but you guys are watching this, we know this is drama and theater. do you think a deal gets struck at the end of the day? >> i do. i have to say, i still think we'll get a last minute deal. i just cannot imagine that congress will allow to us go over the cliff. so i think the ramifications for the economy are too significant. i think we're watching whatever you want to call it, all of the politics playing out, but i still think in the end we'll get a last minute deal. >> i agree. and i think even though the sides are far apart, you have things on the table now. so you can say you're here at 800, 1.6, you kind of -- it gets you somewhere close. somebody will try to say 1.3 versus 1.1, but if you see publicly what they're stating and hopefully privately other things are going on, but it will get done, but it will be very slow. >> john boehner with the proposal he put on the table, i did see commentary from some of the far right saying
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